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Old 08-09-2017, 17:58
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Any tips for keeping maggots staying fresh in the fridge, any surplus that I've bought home I've put in the fridge and after a few days have sweated and any bran or maize has turned mushy.Is it best to keep the baitbox lid off so they can breathe better or shall I just top up with brown crumb maize etc.
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Old 08-09-2017, 18:10
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yes, no lid, the bigger the bowl the better, washing up bowl works well
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Old 08-09-2017, 18:38
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Wot he said

No lid. As big a surface area as possible. It's the heat of them on top of each other that makes them sweat.
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Old 08-09-2017, 19:21
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In an airtight bag. With maize and no air. The maggots shut down and can take up to an hour to come round. Anymore than 48 hours take out of bag and bring round. Rebag and cool again.
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Old 08-09-2017, 19:23
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......... take out of bag and bring round
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Old 08-09-2017, 19:34
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Maize will make the maggots shrink. Keep them in a fridge in damp sawdust.
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Old 08-09-2017, 19:38
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Hi Dave,
I stopped using bran years ago, go to the pet shop and purchase some sawdust, it comes in a block form and will last a very long time, just scrape it off the block when required.

When I go to the tackle shop to buy maggots I ask them not to put any bran in with them, when I get outside I top up with the sawdust.

When you get to the riverbank pour your maggots from one box to another keeping your box containing the maggots at a height of about three feet, as your maggots fall into the second container the sawdust should blow away.
Fill your second box with just enough for the session, if need be top up later.

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Old 08-09-2017, 19:55
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Firstly before you put the maggots in the fridge after a day's fishing. Is you need to cool them and slow their body metabolism down which generates all the heat. I used to up end a bin lid and spread them on there to cool down. Then do any of the above.
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Old 08-09-2017, 19:59
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As Jon said put them in a plastic bag, squeeze all the air out and tie knot in bag,for me they last a week in the fridge.The go into suspended animation and will take quite a few hours to come round in an open bait box(they look dead).Its best to then riddle them and add new Maize meal.You can then do the same again and again if the conditions are not good to go fishing.You will loose some every time you do it but none will escape and no smells,and no sweaty maggots in a box.You can double bag them if worried the bag will burst.The first time you do it the black feedspot will still be in them and they will loose no size.
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Old 08-09-2017, 20:21
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I'll go with what Sam says....damp sawdust in a box with middle of the lid cut out to stop escapees. This will keep you maggots in a plumper condition and also ideal for turning your own casters. Also a bottle cooler from a pub is a lot better for bait particularly in summer as they have a fast knock down time on temperature and the fans keep temp spread even.
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